In 1888, Snohomish got its railroad, but didn’t get all it bargained for.
Everett Public Library Northwest Room historian David Dilgard promises to tell what happened when the Seattle, Lake Shore &Eastern Railway came to Snohomish. This free program is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue in Everett.
Dilgard said Snohomish’s town fathers in the 1880s agitated hard for a railroad, anxious to link the town’s logging and lumber concerns to markets north and south, and maybe link up to a transcontinental line.
Speculation about the railroad’s coming fueled the construction of many of the notable buildings in the downtown core. The Snohomish Eye’s agricultural editor George W. Head even wrote a song about the railroad’s coming, called “When the Lake Shore &Eastern Is Done.”
Here’s a verse:
A place that for years has been counted as dead,
To new business and life it will come;
We all can have ‘wealth’ to go where we please
When the Lake Shore &Eastern is done.
When the railroad finally did come, it didn’t quite turn out as foreseen. The rest will be explained by Dilgard on Sunday. For more information, call 425-257-8000.